I have two gifts for you today. One to help you say goodbye to 2020 (hallelujah!), and the other to help you begin your best year yet. (Bring on 2021!)
Let’s start with the New Year gift, shall we? I’m so excited to personally invite you to kick off January with me LIVE! I’m hosting a totally free 5-day event where I’ll walk you through the exact steps to begin your breakthrough year. Click here to register + save your spot.
I know this year has been a doozy, so I’m kicking off 2021 helping actors to reflect, release, refocus, reignite + reimagine what is possible in 2021. You’ll learn proven strategies + simple tips to help you gain clarity, eliminate overwhelm + jumpstart January in just 5 days.
Ok here’s the gift to help you say goodbye to 2020 (and feel good about where you are in life + career).
As the year ends, and you take stock of all you’ve learned in 2020 (so many lessons, right?), I hope you’ll pause today + remember that you play many roles in your life and they are all meaningful and valuable.
“Actor” is only one of those roles, just as “what you’ve done” so far in your career is only one facet of the multi-faceted diamond that is you.
Here is a loving reminder to help you end the year knowing that not only are you enough exactly as you are right now, but that you are a precious gift.
Ever get an audition or self-tape and ask yourself this question…What do I think the casting director wants to see from me?
And then deliver exactly what you think they want…and then hear nothing?
Have you ever had impulses or ideas about how to play a character, but block them out because you think “it’s probably not what they’re looking for?”
If this feels very familiar, just know you’re not the only one who plays this frustrating game of mental gymnastics.
In fact, New York triple threat, Jordan Fife Hunt knew this story all too well, because he was living it. And despite his amazing talents as an actor, singer + dancer, worrying about “what they might be looking for,” was actually getting in his way.
Not only did he discover how to get out of this self-sabotaging loop and free himself, but it resulted in booking 5 shows last year, including one of his breakthrough goals, to originate a role in a musical + be part of the “Original Cast Recording.”
Click below to watch the inspiring story: From Self-Sabotage To Starring In Big Musicals: Jordan Fife Hunt’s #SuccessBreakthrough Story.
As the year comes to a close, many actors have told me that they’re feeling anxiety as they look back on 2020 and think, “I should have been busier. I should have done more with my time. I shouldn’t have taken a break.”
And that kind of thinking often leads to, “I’m too old, it’s too late or I should be further along by now.” Can you relate?
Piling on the shame, guilt + negative self-talk is no way to end a year like 2020.
But what if I told you that it’s all okay. It’s okay if you haven’t booked anything this year. Heck, it’s even okay if you haven’t booked anything in a few years. It’s okay if you took a break. It’s even okay if 2020 turned your hair grey.
That’s exactly where Los Angeles actress, Shirley Jordan was when we met. Not only had she not booked a commercial in a few years, but she had to take some time off due to a health issue and needed to tend to her own healing. She was having serious FOMO. (Fear of missing out).
So whether you’ve been taking a break amidst a pandemic, for a health issue, to take care of aging parents, raise a family or feeling like you aged an entire decade in 2020, today’s story will show you the way back to booking.
Learn how Shirley went from a huge “time off” in her career to recurring on Sistas, and appearing on top TV shows like This Is Us, NCIS, Code Black, The Affair. Family Reunion, Bunk’D, and starring in commercials.
And guess what? The first step wasn’t making a massive action plan for Shirley to trudge through. It actually was more about letting go of all the guilt, shame, frustration + feeling like she “should be doing more” during her time off. Then what happened? She took it one step at a time, and lots of big bookings, including national commercials, and recurring roles on hit TV shows showed up..
I know Shirley’s story will inspire you to know that you can get from where you are right now to where you want to go. Watch“From Taking A Break To Tons Of Big Bookings: Shirley Jordan’s Success Breakthrough Story.”
Can you imagine what 2021 would feel + look like without the mental baggage of fear, frustration, shame or guilt about what you did or didn’t accomplish in 2020?
Today, I want to express my sincere gratitude for YOU. I am so thankful to share this journey with you. Yes, 2020 has been quite a year, and we both know that tending to your own inner peace has never been more vital and necessary.
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If you want to book more work, but are feeling frustrated lately, I hear you. If you’ve been seeing people working like crazy in the middle of this pandemic + it’s made you think “Why aren’t I auditioning? Why didn’t I book that? Where’s mine?” You’re not alone.
Feeling left out while other people are taking selfies on set (even while wearing a mask) can sting a bit.
That’s why this story is so inspiring.
I’m sharing London actor Dominic Ryan’s vulnerable tale that he too, was feeling impatient and frustrated and focusing on what wasn’t showing up for him.
He ended up making some very specific shifts that allowed the floodgates to open + offers to come his way,
Then the pandemic happened and everything stopped, but Domiminic found his way, yet again. Find out what he did during this time and how it led to booking a lead role in a film in Russia.
Dominic shares the exact mindset he was practicing when submitting his self-tape and why he knows it helped him to stand out among hundreds of other actors.
What did he do to book the lead in a film, off a self-tape, in the middle of a pandemic?
Watch the full story below + learn from Dominic so you can apply his insights to your life + career this week too….
If you’ve been feeling like 2020 has provided the “longest dry spell ever” in your acting career, and thoughts of “I’m not enough, I haven’t done enough + I’m not far enough along” have been haunting you lately as you go to self-tape (or even just get out of bed), today’s story will inspire you on a whole new level.
And as the New Year approaches, I know the idea of “goal-setting” can be daunting when you feel this way. Well, you’re not alone.
Toronto actress, Keara Graves felt exactly the same way when we first met, telling me, “I had a really, really long dry spell and I was starting to think that I wasn’t good enough.”
And what happens when you set goals or do self-tapes with the debilitating “I’m not good enough” mindset? Not a lot. And then your thoughts become a self-fulfilling prophecy, where every action just proves to yourself that “Yes, I’m right, I’m not good enough.” Ugh.
So how do you turn it all around? Right now?
Keara shares exactly what she did, and the major mindset shift that helped her surpass all her goals and create massive momentum in her career, including a breakout recurring role on Netflix’s Grand Army (a goal she specifically set, once she changed her inner game). And that’s just the beginning….
Click below to watch: From “Not Enough” To “Next Level Bookings”: Keara Graves #SuccessBreakthrough Story
I’m excited to share a special story of transformation that I hope will help bust 3 common myths that many actors believe (and how it keeps them from achieving their dreams).
MYTH #1: I have to be in a big market to book big jobs. MYTH #2:I have to have an agent to get an audition. MYTH #3:I have to have huge credits to become a Series Regular.
Have you been believing that too lately? Then you’ll love hearing from Teesha Renee today, because she went from self-doubt to Series Regular, and has now returned for her second season of Tyler Perry’s The Oval, (yes, in the middle of a global pandemic).
I’m so thankful I got to sit down with Teesha back in January to find out what limiting beliefs were holding her back + exactly what she did to breakthrough to the next level (and beyond) and book a Series Regular role (without any representation)…out of Atlanta (which she initially didn’t even think was possible).
Learn the 3 things Teesha did at her audition to book this career-changing role (and start applying them to all of your self-tapes + in person auditions).
Click below to watch Teesha Renee’s #SuccessBreakthrough Story.
Want to know how you can build this kind of confidence + create big breakthroughs like Teesha? CLICK HERE
Enjoy the full #SuccessBreakthrough Story Interview here:
Hope you had a fun + safe Halloween weekend. Personally, I’ve cried a few times this past week for all kinds of reasons. You too?
As you may know, I got choked up while sharing my very vulnerable story about growing up with shame, anxiety + around mental illness (and how it has all shaped the work I do with actors).Click here to watch the video.
I cried again reading your beautiful responses and how sharing my story helped you to realize not only are you not alone, but that it’s okay to share your vulnerability and your pain as well. In fact, your deepest pain can become your greatest gift, if you can face it, feel it and heal it. I hope you now know, we are all in this together.
Then, over the Halloween weekend, as I was folding 3 piles of laundry on the bed with my ever-supportive husband, while my children were bouncing off the walls from a candy-induced sugar rush, I broke down again.
Can I just say…tears are a breakthrough. So please, by all means, go ahead and cry your eyes out (especially if you’ve been holding it all in lately for whatever reason).
Ok, so in addition to feeling emotional about politics + pandemics, heck, I’ve had some great self-tapes lately, and I haven’t heard anything yet, and it all just got to me.
I know as actors, we each put our whole heart into what we do, and sometimes it’s hard to let it all go and be present in the moment. (Yes, I struggle with this too).
So I made this quick video to walk you through exactly what I do when I’m deeply frustrated (and how to release it in seconds). And whether you use my method this week to deal with politics, pandemics or post self-tape, I truly hope this helps you. (And you enjoy my Halloween makeup).
Click the video below to learn my 2 step process for post-selftape meltdown frustration. (I think you’ll love it!)
I hope this helps you to know that every actor goes through these kinds of moments.
Whether you’ve been part of this amazing community for years, or are just joining me, I wanted to share a deeply personal story with you today.
Everything we go through in our childhood affects who we become, and as I was thinking about “why I do this,” why do I help to uplift + empower actors to create major breakthroughs in their careers and their personal lives, well, it all begins with my story of how I grew up…
When I was growing up, I was deeply ashamed of my childhood home.
My mother, though she was amazing in so many ways + supportive of my creative endeavors, was also a compulsive hoarder.
Click the video below, as I reveal what I learned from growing up with shame, anxiety + around mental illness.
And if you prefer to read the story as I tell it, here is the rest of the transcript that begins above… (more…)
I BOOKED THE JOB! LISTENING TO CREATING POWERFUL AUDITIONS MADE A DIFFERENCE!
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YOUR AFFIRMATIONS ALLOWED ME TO STEP OUT OF THE FEAR AND BE PRESENT IN THE ROOM.
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I BOOKED TWO ACTING GIGS IN THE SAME WEEK BECAUSE I HAD HER CD ON REPEAT!
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I'VE TURNED A SLOW STREAK INTO A BOOKING STREAK AND I FEEL REALLY EMPOWERED.
"Wendy is so generous with her knowledge and understanding of the deeper, inside work that goes into living a healthy, happy, well balanced actor life. Her daily inspirations mean so much to me...and I'm grateful for the custom guided meditation she wrote for me. I've turned a slow streak into a booking streak & I feel really empowered."